Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Spanish midfielder after Chelsea triumph
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the impact of Ander Herrera following the club’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Spain international has been one of the many improved performers since Ole took charge of the club and he came up with a commanding performance where he also opened the scoring.
Speaking after United’s win at the Bridge, Ole praised the energy and tenacity of the Spaniard, who was tasked with the role of making interceptions in the second period where Nemanja Matic was on a yellow card, he said: "His energy and tenaciousness is vital for us. And that's why he plays, more or less, every single game. He has loads of energy, he can cover the right hand side, he runs forward. Tonight you can't just praise one, it's 11 players, plus the subs, but Ander has done fantastic."
“Herrera had been in-and-out of the starting lineup under the guidance of Jose Mourinho“ over the past three years but that has changed with Ole at the helm. The Spaniard has been almost ever-present since the Norwegian’s arrival in December and that appears unlikely to change in the forthcoming months with the consistency in “terms of the performances“.
Elsewhere, United have opened up discussions over a new contract with the Spaniard and reports indicate that they should find the breakthrough in the forthcoming weeks. Herrera has just four months remaining on his current deal with United but he has indicated in the past that he would prefer to stay put with the club for many years to come.
Meanwhile, United are scheduled to face Wolverhampton Wanderers during the quarter-final phase of the FA Cup and the game should pose another test of their credentials, given Wolves have provided a strong opposition for teams at the Molineux.